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Our Wedding Ceremony

I wrote some notes ahead of writing this as I thought it might help – but I’ve actually decided to go ahead and just use the notes. It’s hard to describe our wedding ceremony in too many words – I can only really recall it in feelings and snippets of moments as if I’ve watched a silent film…

I arrived to Bridesmaids giggles and the welcoming sight of our friend Dev’s beaming face as he held an umbrella for me. Warm rain and the smell of the end of Summer. My shoes kept catching in the gravel, the grip of my Dads arm. Music…the beautiful sound of ‘Feel My Love’ being sung alongside an acoustic guitar…

My gorgeous girls and the wall of pink they created up ahead. So many steps! My brother’s wide smile under a big umbrella {a moment between us I’ll never forget} My collage flatmate Helen’s pink tipped hair (!), familliar, smiling faces, big balloons and the feel of my face crumpling as I try not to cry…

My Adam. So handsome. Beaming. Tears in his eyes. Seeing his face was the most comforting feeling, like the world dissapeared around us…I don’t remember feeling the rain. My Dads voice. My face aching from smiling so much. Our Best Men’s emotional faces over Adams shoulders. My nephew chatting, my Mum hushing. My mother-in-law sobbing into a hanky.

Friendly voices giving readings…The Apache Wedding Vows {roars of laughter at the words “now you will feel no rain”}, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, I Carry Your Heart, Sonnet 116.

Rain. Wind. A break in the ceremony to let the rain pass. Bodies huddled together under the toot. Laughter. Adams squeezing my hand and we steal a moment in the shelter before our vows…

Confusion and laughter as Simeon hands me my ring…nearly married the Best Man! My hand in Adams. His hand in mine.The vows. My husbands big brown eyes – so full of emotion. So aware of my voice…high and breaking…can’t hold it together. I see the other Simon break down over Adam’s shoulder…tears from a big burly rugby player. I cry too. Adam’s big hands are so warm. My hands feel cold and wet.

The comforting sound of our friends joining in with “I Wanna Grow Old With You” from the Wedding Singer and more voices join for “Better Together”. I look out and see friends swaying and singing under their umbrellas – amazing! Man and wife. Kisses. Applause. Smiling. More music…”Kiss Me” as everyone runs to find shelter from the rain. We run across the wet grass and reach the cobbled steps just as the hail storm starts! So much laughter. Can’t have blessing outside. Relief; Kate has cleared the tea room – it looks beautiful. Flowers & warmth. Rev John holding roses. Such words of love. More tears from my Mother-in-Law. Nephew drops rings – more laughter.

A prayer for our baby. Gasps from shocked guests who didn’t know. Tears from loved ones – and so much love in the room. We exchange roses – our first gift to each other as husband and wife. Steal another kiss. More cheers! Now on to the Pimms and cream teas…

Our reception and decor details on the blog tomorrow!

With Love,

Sarah, Boho Bride xx

♥ Photographer, Lucy Shergold; Venue, Tapeley Park; ‘On-the-day’ co-ordination, Kate Fletcher Events; Hair, Creative Wedding Hair; Florist, Allene Daly allenedaly@hotmail.co.uk; VW Van, Devon Cool Campers; Gown, Claire Pettibone at High Society Cowbridge; Shoes, BHLDN; Veil, Etsy; Bridesmaid dresses, Yoox, Oasis, French Connection and Oh My Honey; Grooms suit, Next

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  • Lucy October 12, 2011, 9:00 am

    “Two people who belong together make a world” (Hans Margolius)

    and you both together make such a beautiful world xxx

  • Nikki @Knotsandkisses October 12, 2011, 9:36 am

    Wow … is all I can say! That was the most beautiful description of a wedding I’ve ever read! It all looked so beautiful and just goes to proove that rain does not ruin a wedding. xx

  • Katy October 12, 2011, 9:41 am

    Probably not the first thing that should be mentioned but – How cool does your dad look! Haha

    Everything looked so amazing, you look so beautiful and i love the mixed bridesmaids 🙂 I don’t think even the rain could spoil it!

    Love xx

  • Kate Fletcher October 12, 2011, 10:18 am

    Why do I cry? Thats why you are a writer – beautifully written. Xxx

  • Reena October 12, 2011, 10:48 am

    Ah I dont know what to say! ; ) You’ve written that in such a nice way. It was an amazing day and it’s nice to hear the little things, e.g. how you felt and small moments you remember, very cute! I love it. The rain certainly did not ruin anything, it was a great day! xx

  • Julie LeBlanc October 12, 2011, 2:49 pm

    Fantastic. What a day to treasure! I got really emotional reading your words. Just perfect. Thanks for sharing!

  • Sarah Toomey October 12, 2011, 7:07 pm

    So beautiful Sarah and can’t wait for tomorrow’s installment x

  • vicky trainor October 12, 2011, 7:08 pm

    You are beautiful, you’re writing is beautiful, your styling is beautiful and you’re ‘news’ of a beautiful baby, is well, simply beautiful. I have been waiting in the wings to see your lovely wedding album, a day so full of love.xxxxx

  • Peter Cox October 12, 2011, 7:09 pm

    Wow what a mix, brilliant

  • Madison October 12, 2011, 9:55 pm

    Gorgeous wedding, congratulations!

  • Louise O'Mahony October 13, 2011, 7:43 pm

    Makes me want to cry! I don’t eve know you, your wedding is making me all emotional! It is great to see despite the weather all the smiling faces for you both. xx

  • Elizabeth | Bridal Musings October 24, 2011, 4:07 pm

    What a beautiful write up of a truly beautiful day ~ so lovely to hear your thoughts, feelings, the sounds and smells. Got me teary too! The rain seemed to add to the fun and ‘togetherness’ of your guests on the day. Congratulations! xx

  • admin October 24, 2011, 4:36 pm

    Thank you all for your gorgeous comments – fills my heart to read them. It really was the best day of our lives so far and despite some of our plans going awry due to the weather – we really wouldn’t change a thing! xxx